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- Stats for Ireland
Ireland is the most different from the cluster and has strains with UK due to past abuses.
Top 25 Stats
Percentage of Population Who Are Christians- 88.85% (15th); Human Development Index- 11th; Internet Access- 81.62% (23rd); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians- 90.71% (19th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Irish (88.2%); British (3%); Polish (2.3%); Increasing immigrants (Eastern European, Latino, Asian, African, others).
Irish, English (only 4% use Irish as first language)
Hi-tech and service industry more important than agriculture and tourism now. In European Union since 1973; Good economic growth until 2008’s Great Recession.
History / Politics
British rule for 700 years; Partitioned in 1921 into south Catholic and north Protestant. South became independent in 1922, and became a parliamentary republic in 1949. In 1948, a law was passed that severed Ireland’s last constitutional links with Britain. Transformed a lot in last 20 years due to greater European contact and investment. Cooperation with Northern Ireland from the late 1990’s has led to greater peace.
Catholic church is in decline; Charismatics have revitalize the church somewhat. Sexual scandals have contributed to the decline of the Catholic church. Evangelicals experience steady growth, but lowest % for an English-speaking nation. Christians do a lot of service in Ireland to the poor, unemployed, HIV-infected, and others.
Pray that the affluence of the society would not seduce people away from the Gospel. Pray that the Lord would bring revival among the uninvolved, self-professed Christians. Pray that evangelical Christians would increase. Pray that the charismatic movement would revitalize the Catholic church.